Mock Trial Competition for Grades 3 Through 6

The deadline to enter our Law Fair (grades 3 – 6) and Law Adventure (grades 7 and 8) Competitions is January 31, 2018. Entries must be received at the New Jersey State Bar Foundation in New Brunswick by this date. Faxed or e-mail submissions will not be accepted. Please remember to read the competition booklets carefully and follow the rules. If you have any questions, please call Sheila Boro at 732-937-7519 or e-mail [email protected].

On October 17, 2017, the Bar Foundation will conduct a FREE Law Fair/Law Adventure Workshop for teachers from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. Speakers will explain the elements of a mock trial and provide tips on how to prepare your mock trial case with your students. Students who won last year’s competition will present their original mock trial. Teachers attending will receive professional development hours. To register for the workshop, click here or use the button below.

Classroom Close-up NJ will feature the October Law Fair/Law Adventure Mock Trial Workshop in an upcoming program. Classroom Close-up NJ is a co-production of NJTV and the New Jersey Education Association with additional funding from PSE&G. The show has won 15 Emmys and focuses on the accomplishments of teachers and students in New Jersey’s public schools.

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation invites elementary school students and their teachers to submit original mock trial cases to the Law Fair 2018 Competition. There is no entry fee. The purpose is to promote understanding of the law and our justice system, and to educate students about their rights and responsibilities under the law.

Winners from grades 3 – 6 will perform their original mock trial cases at Law Fair programs in the spring at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

Third- through sixth-grade teachers and their students are invited to attend the free Law Fair spring programs May 22, 23, 24 and 25 and serve as jurors. To register click here or use the button below.

To download the Law Fair 2018 Competition Rules Booklet, click here.

The Mock Trial Exercises for Grades 3 – 6, featuring winning cases from past Law Fair Competitions, can also be downloaded below.

Law Fair Program

A “witness” is sworn in at the Foundation’s Law Fair Program.

Law Fair Program

The judge at the Foundation’s Law Fair Program listens as the “witness” testifies.

Law Fair Program

Students, parents and teachers watch Law Fair Program in progress.


Law Fair Program

Students in grades 3 through 6 participate in the Foundation’s Law Fair Program.

Law Fair Program

Students in grades 3 through 6 participate in the Foundation’s Law Fair Program.

Law Fair Program

Students in grades 3 through 6 arrive to participate in the Foundation’s Law Fair Program.

Law Fair Program

The judge considers the “witness” in the Foundation’s Law Fair Program.

Find out why learning about the law can be both educational and enjoyable by watching this short video.

What is a mock trial anyway?  Watch this brief video to learn about the elements of a mock trial from opening statements to direct and cross-examination to closing arguments.

Check out previous winning cases…click on image to download pdf.